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The camel today: assets and potentials

By B. Faye

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Although they quantitatively only take a marginal place amongst domestic herbivores (only 0.4% of world domestic herbivores), the large camelids (dromedary and Bactrian) are present in almost all the arid lands of the old world (except in Southern Africa), a widespread area of over 35 millions km 2. They are overall remarkable enhancer of these spaces by their productive potential and by their role in the agro-ecosystemic balance of the arid lands, especially with the current climatic changes. Elsewhere, they are known for their physiological peculiarities linked to their adaptation ability to harsh conditions of the desert and of its margin. In consequence, they represent a fabulous biological model for the scientists from different disciplines. Their place in the "modern world" has to be re-evaluated by considering these trends and these particularities.

Publication Title Anthropozoologica
Volume 49
Issue 2
Pages 167-176
ISBN/ISSN 0761-3032
DOI 10.5252/az2014n2a01
Language English
Author Address CIRAD-ES Campus International de Baillarguet TA C dir/B, F-34398 Montpellier, France.bernard.faye@cirad.fr
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  1. Africa
  2. Animal ecology
  3. Animal physiology
  4. Animals
  5. Arid regions
  6. Camels
  7. Climate
  8. Geographical distribution
  9. Mammals
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. ungulates
  12. vertebrates
  13. World
  14. Zoos
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